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Punchestown 27th April

We have Figaroc (Brian Hayes) and Feu Du Bresil (Jack Foley) in the 2 mile handicap hurdle. With the drying ground both horses could find this difficult and their futures probably lie over fences.

Dinoblue (Mark Walsh) goes for the handicap chase over 2 miles. She has had a very busy time having run at Cheltenham and Fairyhouse. She has her chance here if she has recovered from those exertions.

We have four in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle over 2m 7f. Asterion Forlonge (Patrick) likes this track and the trip will suit but he could find this tough. Klassical Dream (Paul) had an interrupted preparation for Cheltenham and is much better than he showed there. He’s had a better preparation for this race which he has won twice. He might give the favourite most to do. Monkfish (Danny) doesn’t have the rating to win but will appreciate this trip. Whatdeawant (Sean O’Keeffe) needs a career best if he is to finish in the first four.

We also run four in the 2m 7f handicap hurdle. Parmenion (Danny) is open to a lot of improvement over this longer trip. He could be value for money. Paul has picked Seabank Bistro whose last run at Fairyhouse gives him a good chance. Sir Argus (Brian Hayes) has a nice weight but his jumping leaves a lot to be desired. He might find himself under pressure in a top class handicap like this. Haxo (Jack Foley) needs to improve to get involved.

We run three in the Grade 1 Novice Chase over 2 miles. Dysart Dynamo (Danny) ran well before taking a hard fall at the last at Cheltenham. He has schooled well since and if his confidence is not shaken he should run a good race. El Fabiolo (Paul) was very impressive in the Arkle at Cheltenham and with luck should go in again today. Saint Roi (Mark Walsh) ran a great race when second at Aintree and that run puts him in the picture here.

Pont Aval (Paul) runs in the Mares Handicap Chase over 2m 5f. She has been frustrating to follow and might be best watched today.

We have five in the winners bumper. Ballyburn (Patrick) was very hard on himself when winning over this course and distance in February. He was impressive though and was an easy choice for Patrick here. If he has improved he will be hard to beat. Chosen Witness (Jody) was too hard on himself at Cheltenham. He needs more rain to be seen at his best. Dancing City (Derek O’Connor) won at Wexford and has a chance but he probably won’t be seen at his best until he goes jumping.  Loughglynn (Charlie Mullins) will have to put a disappointing run at Cheltenham behind but will be better suited by this track. Special Cadeau (Pat Taaffe) has disappointed for most of the season but we are looking forward to seeing him over jumps.

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